I’ve written before about my issues with religious moderates who build their own religions by arbitrarily rejecting and embracing various pieces of their chosen holy text.
To give a few examples, most Christians are unaware that God has very specific and clear instructions on when people should be killed for violating his rules:
Leviticus 24:16: And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death.
Exodus 31:15: Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Exodus 21:17: He that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Leviticus 20:13: If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.
Leviticus 20:10: And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
- Using God’s name in vain
- Working on Sunday
- Cussing at your Mom or Dad
- Having gay sex
- Sleeping with a man’s wife (and kill the woman, too)
…these are all punishable by death, according to God. Look it up. But how many Christians actually believe it would be “moral” or “right” to actually kill for these offenses?
The ones that do have a name–they’re called fundamentalists or extremists. Moderates don’t actually believe what’s in the Bible; if they did they would be following God’s very clear and specific orders instead of using the Bible as an “influence” on their own pick-and-choose morality. ::